Your Guide to a Perfect Gallery Visit this Fall
We have a wide range of activities for you to enjoy all season long. Take in new exhibitions, enjoy artist talks, make some art, take a tour, and so much more. Mix and match the activities below to build your own perfect Gallery experience.
Get to know the artist behind
The Black Canadians (after Cooke)
Installed on the Gallery’s south façade, Deanna Bowen’s The Black Canadians (after Cooke) expands the artist’s own family history into a broader examination of discrimination in North America over the centuries. Watch Becoming Deanna Bowen to learn more about the artist and this monumental work, then stop by the Gallery to see it in person.
Find a New Favourite
Wander the galleries and see what catches your eye in the Indigenous and Canadian, Contemporary, and European and American collections, along with our special exhibitions. Gallery highlights are a great place to start!
Purchase a ticket to start exploring.
Fill Up Your
There’s an exciting lineup of events at the Gallery this fall, including exhibition openings, artist talks and more. Be sure to visit this page often – we’re always adding new events and experiences to the calendar!
Discover Our Collection
on A Group Tour
Register for our onsite group tours for a relaxed and informative visit. During these 60-minute tours, our friendly interpreters will guide you and your friends, family or colleagues on a leisurely exploration of our collection and special exhibitions.
This fall, attend themed tours such as Riopelle: Crossroads in Time, Nick Sikkuark: Humour and Horror ᓂᑯᓚ ᓯᑯᐊ. ᐃᒡᓚᕐᓇᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑲᑉᐱᐊᓇᖅᑐᑦ, Gallery Highlights, Indigenous Expressions, and more.
Read the stories
behind the art
Escape into the world of art with the NGC Magazine. Whether you’re browsing onsite at the Gallery or in the comfort of your own home, take a moment to read the stories behind the art, artists and exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada.
Step into secret spaces
Did you know that the Gallery is home to a beautifully restored historical chapel? Or that you can relax in a landscaped courtyard with live plants thriving under a glass roof? Wander through the Gallery on a fall afternoon to explore these beautiful spaces.
Savour the moment
with food and drink
Take in the fall colours from one of our stunning dining locations. Stop by My Bistro for food and views of Parliament Hill, grab a hot beverage at Happy Goat Coffee before strolling the grounds, or head over to Tavern at the Gallery and dine outside in our Sunken Garden – blankets are available for cooler weather.
Create art with
the whole family
Inspired by works of art, dig in and have fun connecting, working together and creating in the Gallery’s Open Studio. This season’s activity will have you going beyond conventional collage as you squish, tear and twist paper, then glue it into place to create a work of art that is all about texture. Open Studio is held on weekends and holidays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free with admission.
Have fun on
free thursday nights
Visit the Gallery on free Thursday nights from 5 to 8 p.m. to experience art, music and creativity! Bring your loved ones, purchase seasonal snacks and refreshments in the Scotiabank Great Hall, and enjoy the sounds of a local DJ. Participate in art-making activities, and don’t miss our popular 3 to See tours.
Book your free tickets now for an unforgettable evening.
Learn about iconic works
from leading women authors
Listen to Inspired Words: Spotlight on Women Authors and Artists to hear leading authors speak about key works of art in the Gallery’s collection, including Mary Pratt’s Red Currant Jelly, Georgia O’Keeffe’s Lake George with Crows, and Louise Bourgeois’ Maman.